To Horace Mann
The Lesson for the Day10 that I sent you, I gave to Mr. Coke, who came in as I was writing it, and by his dispersing it, it has got into print, with an additional one, which I cannot say I am proud should go under my name. Since that, nothing but lessons are the fashion: first and second lessons, morning and evening lessons, epistles, &c. One of the Tory papers published so abusive an one last week on the new ministry, that three gentlemen called on the printer, to know how he dared to publish it. Don't you like these men, who for twenty years together led the way, and published everything that was scandalous, that they should wonder at anybody's daring to publish them ! Oh ! it will come home to them! Indeed, everybody's name now is published at length: last week The Champion mentioned the Earl of Orford and his natural daughter, Lady Mary, at length (for which he had a great mind to prosecute the printer). To-day, the London Evening Post says, Mr. Fane ", nephew of Mr. Scrope, is made First Clerk of the Treasury, as a reward for his uncle's taciturnity before the Secret Committee. He is in the room of old Tilson12, who was so tormented by that Committee, that it turned his brain, and he is dead.
Now I talk of lessons and chapters, I must transcribe a very good one, supposed to be Fielding's, on Gibber's letter to Pope.
A NEW LESSON FOE POPE:
A PARODY ON THE FOTJBTH CHAPTEB OP GENESIS.
1. And it came to pass that Pope the hatter went in unto his Wife, and knew her, and she conceived and bare a Son, and she called his name Alexander, and said, I have gotten, as it were, a man-child from the Lord.
10 See letter to Mann, July 14, the four CMef Clerks of the Treasury. 17*2. 12 Christopher Tilson, d. Aug. 25,
11 Henry ]?ane was appointed one of 1742.